How to extract data from bz2 file without decompress the file

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http://stackoverflow.com – I want to perform the following command in a compressed file (.bz2). I typed the following: awk '{print $1}' input.txt.bz2 > output.txt But the result is: Killed. How can I extract portion of the compressed text file I have without decompress it as it is extremely large file and I do not have enough space? (HowTos)